Five Western Pa. McDonald’s locations found in violation of child labor laws | WITF

5 Pa. McDonald's locations found in violation of child labor laws  WITF

Five Western Pa. McDonald’s locations found in violation of child labor laws | WITF

Report on Violation of Child Labor Laws at Pennsylvania McDonald’s Locations

Date: December 1, 2023 | Time: 10:16 AM


The Department of Labor has recently discovered that five McDonald’s locations in Pennsylvania, including those in Brookville and St. Marys, have violated child labor laws.

Violations and Responsible Party

Endor Inc., owned by Paul and Meghan Sweeney, is the operator of these five locations. The investigation conducted by the Department of Labor revealed that Endor Inc. employed 34 children aged 14 and 15, allowing them to work longer hours and later shifts than permitted by child labor laws.

Statement from Pennsylvania McDonald’s Franchisee

Meghan Sweeney, a franchisee of Pennsylvania McDonald’s, expressed her commitment to the wellbeing and safety of their employees. She stated that after becoming aware of the violations, they have implemented various strategies to prevent such issues in the future. These strategies include regular time audits, a revised scheduling process, and mandatory child labor law training for managers.

Civil Penalties

As a result of the violations, Endor Inc. has paid nearly $27,000 in civil penalties to the Department of Labor.

Locations and Number of Workers Affected

The Department of Labor’s investigation revealed the specific locations and the number of workers affected by the violations.

  • Brookville: 18 workers
  • St. Marys: 16 workers


It is crucial for businesses to adhere to child labor laws to ensure the safety and wellbeing of young workers. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) emphasize the importance of decent work and economic growth (SDG 8) and ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all (SDG 4). By complying with child labor laws, businesses contribute to the achievement of these SDGs.


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